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Academic Programs

Correspondence Studies
Academic Services Building North, Room 302
512.245.2322 | 800.511.8656

Correspondence study offers flexibility and independence in a dynamic learning environment, enabling students to earn college-level course credit in a more flexible format. Students study at their own pace without attending regularly scheduled classes. Course enrollment is for nine months, and students may enroll in courses at any time during the academic year.  Courses are open to those who meet departmental and course prerequisites and TSIP requirements. However, we are currently limited in the enrollments we are able to accept from students residing in other states. If you reside outside Texas or will not reside in Texas when you complete your course, please contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning ( before submitting your enrollment application to confirm that you reside in an authorized state.

A listing of correspondence course offerings can be found on the Correspondence Studies website. To apply, complete the online Correspondence Study Application found at

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Distance and Extended Learning
Academic Services Building North, Room 302
512.245.2322 | 800.511.8656

Texas State offers courses in several academic disciplines each semester via the Internet and ITV, at off-campus locations in Austin, at the Texas State University Round Rock Campus, and during evenings and weekends on campus. A listing of these courses can be found on the CatsWeb schedule of classes ( ) under the headings of “Instructional Method” (all categories except for “Face to Face”) and “Campus” (all categories except for “Main”). The procedure for enrolling in a distance learning course is the same as that for enrolling in a class at the San Marcos campus. Students enroll using CatsWeb.

Texas State also offers a number of partially and fully online degree programs. A list of these programs can be found on the Distance and Extended Learning website (

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Center for Diversity and Gender Studies
Undergraduate Academic Center, Room 478

The Center for Diversity and Gender Studies (CDGS) in the College of Liberal Arts administers both the Diversity Studies and the Women’s Studies minor at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

CDGS helps prepare students to work and live in a pluralistic society through curricular and co-curricular activities — symposia, workshops, exhibits, diversity reading discussions and research projects. In addition, it assists faculty with resources and professional development activities to encourage the infusion of multiculturalism in the curriculum through the Multicultural Curriculum Transformation and Research Institute. It houses a resource area with more than 300 books. The Center sponsors a Women and Gender Research Collaborative with its own online, peer-reviewed publication, the Journal of Research on Women and Gender. Through private donations, Center for Diversity and Gender Studies offers annual graduate and undergraduate scholarships to students. The director of CDGS works in collaboration with an advisory council of faculty and staff representing several Texas State colleges and departments.

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Department of Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies (OWLS)
Pedernales Building

Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies Offers Degrees designed for working adults. Students may utilize academic credit for work-life experience, tests such as the CLEP, online/hybrid evening classes, and classes available in Round Rock, San Marcos, and San Antonio to meet credit requirements for the bachelor's degree. The degree is customized based on career goals, interests, and professional development needs.

Two distinctive master's Degree options are available as well, which are taught by online and Hybrid delivery for working adults. In addition, Teacher certification is available at the graduate and undergraduate level for trade and industrial education.

For more information, visit the website or call 512.245.2115 (San Marcos), 210.659.0954 (San Antonio) or 512.716.4541 (Round Rock).

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Round Rock Campus

One University with Two Locations
1555 University Blvd.
Round Rock, TX 78665-8017

Texas State offers junior-, senior- and graduate-level courses at the Round Rock Campus (RRC). Most classes in Round Rock, with the exception of nursing classes, are offered Monday through Thursday after 5 p.m. and generally meet only one night per week. Some classes are also offered on Saturday morning. The School of Nursing program is a full time program with classes meeting during the daytime Monday through Friday. The majority of classes are offered face-to-face, with some also available via instructional video conferencing, online and in a hybrid method that requires only two or three classroom meetings per semester.

The RRC One-Stop Student Services Center provides a full range of student services, including admission and financial aid counseling, veterans’ assistance, academic advising, registration, testing and disability services. Several student organizations, including the Student Leadership and Activities Organization, Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society, Psychology Organization, and Student Veteran Alliance are now active in Round Rock. Library staff assists students with research and provides both group and quiet study areas. Students may get assistance at the Round Rock Writing Center and at the Campus Technology Center.   The campus is equipped with wireless technology, and staff assistants are available for questions.

To attend classes at the Round Rock Campus, students must apply to and be accepted at Texas State University.

Texas State’s Round Rock Campus offers a variety of bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as certificate programs. Visit for information on programs and services as well as a
class schedule.

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Study Abroad Programs
Thornton International House, First Floor
344 W. Woods St.

Studying abroad is a unique, once in a lifetime experience that will open many doors for students, both academically and personally. Study Abroad Programs expand students’ intellectual and personal development as they become immersed in other cultures. Students who study abroad gain a global perspective, an appreciation for a multicultural world, and a clearer understanding of their own cultures.

A variety of programs are available to students, ranging from participating in Texas State faculty-led programs for a summer or winter term to direct enrollment in an institution abroad for a full academic year.

Faculty-led programs are the most popular type of study abroad program at Texas State. Every year hundreds of students participate in these programs. Under the leadership of Texas State professors, these group-based programs include class instruction, mentoring, accommodations, organized visits and cultural encounters. Most of these programs are offered during the summer, and cover many academic disciplines and locations around the world.

The International Student Exchange Program provides students with an opportunity to study abroad at costs approximate to Texas State tuition rates. Participants may study at a participating institution for one or two long semesters, depending on the guidelines of the specific program as well as space availability. Courses in a variety of subject areas are available through this program, affording Texas State students a unique opportunity to enhance their university education with an international experience. In most cases, students do not need to be fluent in the language of the host country.

The credit a student earns in a study abroad program may be applied toward a degree at Texas State. Most of the financial aid that students receive for studying on the Texas State campus may be applied toward Texas State study abroad programs. Qualified Texas State students are also eligible for the International Education Fee Scholarship.

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Texas State Intensive English Program (TSIE)
Thornton International House, Room 300
344 W. Woods St.

Intensive English language instruction and test preparation courses (TOEFL and IELTS) are provided for students, staff, and faculty who want to improve their academic English. TSIE provides opportunities for students to meet native English speakers through its Conversation Partners program and Conversation Circle events.

TSIE program services include two conditional admission categories: pre-bridge (undergraduates only) and bridge (undergraduate and graduate). Other services include institutional TOEFL test administration each semester. 

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Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Program
UAC, Room 125

The main component of this program is an initial assessment that measures skills in mathematics, reading, and writing. All students, except those who are TSI-Exempt, should take an initial assessment test before their first semester in college at a Texas public institution of higher education. Students with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Services.

TSI Exemptions

Some students are exempt from the TSI assessment. A student will be identified as TSI-exempt or partially exempt when Texas State has received official proof that he or she satisfies any one of the following:

  • earned an associate or bachelor’s degree from an institution of higher education whose accreditation is recognized by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • earned a composite score of 23 and at least 19 on the mathematics and/or English components of an ACT that is no more than five years old
  • earned a verbal plus mathematics total of at least 1070 on an SAT that is less than five years old, with a minimum score of 500 on the mathematics and/or verbal components
  • passed the math and/or English language arts sections of the 11th-grade exit-level Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) with a minimum scale score of 2200 and a writing subsection score of at least 3 within the past Five years,
  • STAAR end-of-course (EOC) with a minimum score of Level 2 on the English III shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required under this title for reading and writing (reading exam is separate from the writing exam), and a minimum score of Level 2 on the Algebra II EOC shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required under this title for the mathematics section.
  • enrolled in a certificate program of one year or less
  • previously attended any institution and was determined to have met readiness standards by that institution
  • serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and has been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment
  • was honorably discharged, retired or released from active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard or service as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States on or after August 1, 1990
  • ESOL Waiver—An institution may grant a temporary waiver from the assessment required under this title for students with demonstrated limited English proficiency in order to provide appropriate ESOL/ESL coursework and interventions

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions should receive transcripts and ACT, SAT scores. The TSIP Office also may receive TSI Assessment scores. The Office of Disability Services should receive the necessary documentation for students who are deaf or blind.

Developmental Education Program

If the student fails one or more parts of the initial assessment, he or she will be required to participate in an individualized developmental education program that will prepare the student for freshman-level course work in the area of deficiency. The program may require retesting, enrollment in developmental courses and/or participation in lab-based remediation. There are several ways to meet the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative. Successful completion of the program will be jointly determined by the student and a TSI Program representative.

Out-of-State/Private-School Transfers

A student who is transferring course work from a private or out-of-state school may not need to take an assessment. This rule has many restrictions, so students need to check with the TSI Program Office to confirm that they are exempt.

The following statements apply to exact transfer courses and not to electives, or elective, non-advanced (ELNA) courses taken at private or out-of-state schools:

  • A student who transfers a grade of A, B or C in Mathematics 1315, 1316 or 1319 will be regarded as having passed the mathematics part of the assessment.
  • A student who transfers a grade of A, B or C in English 1310 or English 1320 will be regarded as having passed the writing part of the assessment.
  • A student who transfers a grade of A, B or C in any one of the following will be regarded as having passed the reading part of the assessment: History 1310, 1320; Political Science 2310, 2320; Psychology 1300; English 2310, 2320, 2330, 2340, 2359, 2360.

If a student has passed some part of the assessment satisfactorily, he or she should take the remaining parts of the test prior to attempting to register for classes at Texas State.

Incoming students should make sure the TSI Program Office has their test scores. For all questions about the Texas Success Initiative Program or exemptions, call the office at 512.245.3942, or visit UAC, Room 125.

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The Honors College
Lampasas Building

Since 1967, the Honors College has provided a community for students from all majors who are looking for a challenge and new opportunities to interact with faculty. Students who join the Honors College take small, seminar-style classes where they discuss ideas and raise questions stimulated by readings, field trips and presentations. Faculty members view their Honors courses as laboratories to experiment with research and teaching, whether the area is physics, mathematics, business, the humanities, poetry, or the arts. The aim of the Honors College is to promote interdisciplinary inquiry, curiosity, creativity, research, and a lifetime love of learning.

The College encourages students to study abroad and to participate in National Student Exchange. In addition, students and faculty in the Honors College engage in the Texas State Common Experience, a program that includes events, speakers and exhibits designed to encourage a campus-wide conversation around a theme. Recent Common Experience themes have included “Exploring Democracy’s Promise: From Segregation to Integration” and “Minds Matter: Exploring Mental Health and Illness.” Speakers have included Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, Soledad O’Brien, Ethan Zuckerman, and the Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery.

Committed to supporting students’ long term academic goals, the Honors College provides advising and endorsements for applications to prestigious post-graduate opportunities, such as the Jack Kent Cooke, Gates, Marshall, Mitchell, Phi Kappa Phi, Rhodes, Saltire, and Truman scholarships and fellowships. In cooperation with the Office of the Vice President for Research (AVPR), the Honors College sponsors the Undergraduate Research Conference (URC).  Held at the end of the spring semester, the URC provides a forum for students to present their research and creative projects as oral or poster presentations.

Also in cooperation with the AVPR, The Honors College administers the Student Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF), which offers grants for independent research and creative projects in any discipline. The Texas State Undergraduate Research Journal (TXSTUR) is a student managed peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the Honors College.

The Honors College is housed in the historic Lampasas Building, adjacent to Old Main. The renovated space includes seminar rooms, a student computer lab, and the Honors Coffee Forum — an inviting space designed for coffee, conversation and study, which hosts rotating art exhibits complementing the Common Experience theme.

The Honors College accepts students on a rolling admissions basis. Entering first-year students from the top 10 percent of their graduating classes or those with minimum composite scores of 27 on the ACT or 1180 on the SAT are eligible to apply for admission to the program. Transfer or currently enrolled students with GPAs of at least 3.25 also are eligible to apply. There is no cost to join the college, and Honors classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Students wishing to graduate in the Honors College have two avenues:

• the traditional Honors College, in which students complete at least five Honors courses (15 hours), including the Honors thesis

• the minor in Honors studies, in which students complete at least seven Honors courses (21 hours), including the senior seminar and the Honors thesis

Honors College students must maintain minimum GPAs of 3.25 to remain in and graduate from the program. Students may elect to participate in the Honors curriculum and community without completing Honors graduation requirements.

Program Benefits

Each long semester, students choose from a diverse mix of honors courses when building their schedules for the semester. Honors courses are included in the general education core courses or count as advanced departmental electives; departmental Honors courses include offerings from many different departments. Students in the Honors College have access to early registration each semester and are eligible for scholarships awarded through the college.

The Honors Thesis course — a requirement to graduate in the program — provides a semester for Honors students to design and complete a research or creative project under the supervision of a professor. Students draw on the experience of completing an Honors thesis in their applications to graduate school, searches for jobs, or first business ventures.

Texas State rewards completion of the Honors College requirements with the inclusion of the student’s name, supervising professor, and thesis title in the commencement program, a special transcript annotation, and a certificate from the Honors College as a supplement to the diploma. The Honors College also provides a special medallion to its graduates, especially suited for wearing at commencement.

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